Focus and Serendipity: You Need Both

Technology critics like Nicholas Carr often complain that the Internet is hampering our ability to think. Facebook, and even more so Twitter, exemplify this trend. Back during the ancient days of my youth, when dinosaurs roamed the planet, and shortly after fire was invented, I would communicate with my Stanford friends over the summer by … Continue reading Focus and Serendipity: You Need Both

Will Facebook Destroy The High School Reunion?

There’s a fascinating post (with hundreds of comments) up at Scienceblogs.com. Mark Chu-Carroll, a Ph.D. who works at Google, writes extensively and passionately about why he’s not attending his 25th high school reunion. Now it’s twenty five years since I got out of that miserable fucking hell-hole. And people from my high school class are … Continue reading Will Facebook Destroy The High School Reunion?